Make Sure Your Software Use Complies with Applicable Laws

John Storts
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Be Prepared for a Software Audit

Software audits are a fact of life for the modern enterprise.

It can be all too easy to lose track of your software licenses, especially if you work in IT for a large organization with many workstations. In addition, it's become so quick and simple to make and distribute illegal copies of software that you could have unlawful copies of Adobe or Microsoft products in use in your office and not be aware until an audit exposes them. Being caught using pirated software would, of course, be a very bad thing.


In order to avoid such potentially costly trouble, create a policy for your business that enforces the use of properly licensed commercial computer software. The San Francisco Committee on Information Technology (COIT) uploaded a sample policy that you can use to get started. The Software License Compliance Policy includes established procedures for taking inventory of software installed on computers and developing and maintaining systems designed to keep track of software licenses.


By creating your own compliance policy, you can prevent the unlawful acquisition, reproduction, distribution or transmission of commercial computer software.


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Dec 20, 2011 4:15 AM Jessica Johnson Jessica Johnson  says:

Thank you for this useful information! I actually work at a IT Company and we are providing especially Antivirus Security Software service. We found a lot of companies which didn't have license on their IT software and the executive had no idea about that. This is why it is very important to make sure that your software complies applicable laws in order to avoid being accused of pirating.

Jan 13, 2013 10:01 PM smith smith  says:
To help deal with all this skepticism, Burgher adds it seldom hurts to keep some third-party validation around. You don't necessarily need to be seen saying the security sky is falling every day. But a few lovely security war tales here & there go a long way to remind people why they cannot skimp on the security budget. Reply

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